Why do some of us have one or more teeth that are sensitive to hot and/or cold or even acidic foods and drinks? What causes this and what can be done about it? To begin, it is not only what we ingest that can trigger tooth sensitivity. Breathing frigid air, for example, can set off sharp and sudden tooth pain that shoots deep into the nerve endings of our teeth.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
When our gums pull back due to gingivitis, tooth decay, gum disease or plaque build up, the surface below, or dentin is exposed. This layer is soft and make up the inner part of a tooth and its roots. These have thousands of tiny tubes that lead to a tooth’s nerve center -the pulp. These tubes or channels that allow whatever causes tooth sensitivity to reach the nerve ending thereby triggering tooth pain from sensitivity. There are other conditions and actions that can cause tooth sensitivity. These include over brushing teeth with a worn brush or by applying too much pressure, teeth grinding, overuse of tooth whitening products.
How to Eliminate What is Causing Your Sensitive Teeth
- Proper brushing and flossing techniques will thoroughly clean your Use an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse daily.
- Soft-bristled toothbrushes are best. Gentle brushing preserves gums.
- Use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Regular use will make your teeth less sensitive.
- Avoid highly acidic foods and drinks.
- Fluoridated dental products reduce sensitivity.
- Teeth grinders should use a mouthguard.
- See your dentist at least twice a year.
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